The British Medical Association (BMA) has called on the new Conservative Government to ‘restore investment’ in general practice as one of its six top priorities during the next Parliament.
The leading industry body, which represents the interests of the healthcare industry in the UK, have said that the Government ‘must’ significantly invest in both the general practice workforce and facilities, in order to meet rising patient needs.
This call for greater funding is part of a six point list of priorities for the new Conservative administration, which also calls on the Government to improve doctors working conditions, address the shortfall of funding in the health system and remove unfair market competition.
In its report to Parliament, the BMA said: “The government must work more effectively with the profession to attract motivated doctors to work in general practice and must invest in upgrading practice premises.
“General practice is the bedrock of many NHS services and the gatekeeper to the rest.”
The move follows the BMA’s ‘No More Games’ campaign launched earlier this year, which has called for an end to ‘political point-scoring’, such as the GP dementia case finding scheme and 48-hour GP appointment target.